The course is very inexpensive, but you have to understand, we are weekend warriors with a love for our sport, not paid guides! You must accept a level of self-sufficiency and responsibility. We will steer you in the right direction, nothing else!

This course is for those with a desire to learn the sport. We will provide you with the tools to ascend the world's mountains. You provide the desire and responsibility we all have on the high places of the earth. We are friends teaching friends, Mountaineers teaching Mountaineering.

Upfront Costs

  • ECP Membership: $20 individual, $25 family. See our ECP membership application and liability waiver.
  • The Course:
    New students: $250 + $50 refundable gear deposit = $300
    Returning students: $85 + $50 refundable gear deposit = $135

    • You will not find a better value or similar program anywhere close to this price.  We do this because we enjoy sharing our knowledge and experience and so that we can expand the community of qualified mountaineers in the Club.

  • Textbooks: ~$60 for the 2 required textbooks (Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills and Alpine Climbing: Techniques to Take You Higher).  See Reading Assignments for more information.

Gear and Equipment

See the Gear and Equipment page

Other Expenses

  • The cost of transportation to and from all outings is your responsibility. Carpools will be arranged to keep this at a minimum.
  • All post-graduation trip expenses (potential air travel and minimal lodging) are your responsibility.